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Referendum may expose fissures across Britain

Patchwork of regional passions and rivalries will play a determining role in the outcome

STAYING OR LEAVING?: The nexus of competing interests spreads beyond economic concerns, evoking questions of nationhood .

Leeds, England

WHEN floods swept through northern England late last year, many residents complained that the response from London was far less energetic than when waters engulfed swaths of the south-west almost two years earlier.

Then, as the authorities in London announced plans...

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